Why We Should Celebrate World Water Day, Every Day.
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ATS has always been a proud supporter of sustainable practices and believes World Water Day should indeed be celebrated every day. Water by definition is a transparent fluid which forms the world’s streams, lakes, oceans and rain, and is necessary to sustain life. But it doesn’t just end there. We must understand the magnitude at which water controls the world around us. Without doing so, we won’t truly understand why we should be making drastic changes in our lives to help maintain the water in our world.
Not only is water a part of our earth, climate, hygiene and diet, but also an important part of us, our being and our existence. In fact, up to 70% of the adult human body is water.
Within our bodies, water plays major roles such as:
- Acting as a building material
- Regulating our internal body temperature
- Metabolizing and transporting carbohydrates and proteins we intake through our blood stream
- Assisting in flushing waste through urination
- Lubricating our joints
- Acting as a shock absorber for our brain, spinal cord and fetus
…and the list can go on!
In other words, there wouldn’t be any you, me, or any other living species without a substantial amount of consumable water supply on our earth. Did you know that 748 million people around the world lack access to a clean water source? This accounts to approximately 1 in 9 people. And every year, 3.4 million people die because they lack clean water, sanitation, and hygienic necessities. In fact, children are dying due to this tragedy as we speak– one every 15 seconds to be more precise. Also, a shower that takes you 5 minutes uses more water than how much one person uses for a whole day in a slum of a developing country.
Now, this may be a secondary concern for some of us in our “first world problem” life, but how are we, in North America, affected by this? According to www.water.org, a whopping 9 million people in developed countries are also lacking access to safe water. Considering water availability is expected to decrease in many regions in the years ahead, and global agricultural water consumption is estimated to increase by 19% by 2050 goes to show how important it is for us to focus on water efficiency and implement technological progressions and policy interventions into our daily lives. Thankfully, we are lucky to be living in a society that allows us to make these valuable changes in simple ways. How can we do this?
Water Efficient Toilets:
The toilet industry is large and promising because no matter what happens, we will always need toilets. Therefore, why not control how we use our toilets because they are in fact the main source of water in our homes, which is 30% percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. If each residential toilet results in an average of 30% of water consumption in a household, think about commercial entities like office buildings, malls or hospitals. Industry is in fact the second largest user of water worldwide. Older less efficient toilets use as much as 3.5 – 6 gallons per flush (GPF) /13.2 – 22.8 litres per flush (LPF), which is a major source of water waste. All residential and commercial sectors depend on water in some way, so let’s do it right!
Our Recommendations and Products to Consider
Flush Valves: The easiest way to increase toilet water efficiency is to update the existing one to a high volume dual-flush model. There are manual and electronic versions of this product available on the market which allows toilets to use 1.28 GPF (4.8 LPF) or less while having equal if not superior performance. This is 20% less than the current federal standard which is 1.6 GPF (6 LPF). Since 1.6 GPF (6 LPF) products can be easily modernized without removing actual fixtures and disturbing wall space, this job can be easily completed.
Entire Units: A full replacement of the toilet and flush valve can also be implemented to achieve even higher water efficiency and performance. This job would range from $500 – $800 but would surely be worth the additional costs.
Note – If wall hung units are being updated, the bolt pattern (3-bolt or 4-bolt) on your carrier must match the new product being installed.
Tank-Type Toilets: Updating tank-type toilets is fairly simple and call for basic adjustments only. By modernizing to low-flow or dual flush units, a high level of water sustainability can be practiced. Due to a variety of high performance product styles, these toilets can be installed in common, executive and luxury areas.
Urinals: Urinals can also be retrofitted to lower flow solutions depending on the type of product being installed. For example, if you are working with ‘Wash-down’ urinals, you can update the existing diaphragm assembly on the flush valve to a lower consumption unit without affecting performance. This won’t work with ‘Blow-out’ or ‘Siphon-Jet’ urinals. In this case, a full replacement is recommended. A complete replacement of the flush valve and urinal will also range from $500 – $800 which can be an effective solution to water sustainability because these changes will result in saving 30,000 gallons (113, 526 L) of water each year.
Water Filtration and Treatments:
Clean water is not only important for consumption but also for preserving low-flow high-efficient products. A proper water filtration and treatment will ensure that products will function to the best of their ability and last a long time. Filtration on a buildings incoming main water supply will protect solenoids on electric faucets, diaphragms on the low-flow flush valves, seals and washers on all equipment and keep low-flow aerators free from sediments.
Alongside filtration, the application of water quality and conditioning products can also ensure that the goals of your designs are carried out as efficiently as possible. For instance, adding anti-scaling water treatment will simultaneously better the performance of your instantaneous water heater, maintain its efficiency and protect your overall plumbing system including pipes, fixtures, valves, fittings and other equipment from deterioration caused by hard water.
Water Softener: Water Softeners eliminate calcium and magnesium ions found in hard water by exchanging them with sodium or potassium ions. After all ions are exchanged, the water softener flushes the system of excess ions and recharges with new sodium ions. Since this process can use up to 25 gallons per day (10, 000 gallons per year) or more, water-efficient, high performance and WaterSense certified water softeners are a better choice. These recent technological improvements allow for reduced water consumption.
Look for a WaterSense label!
When modeling or remodeling your residential or commercial spaces, the best way to filter water efficient products from non water efficient products is to opt for WaterSense labeled models which are available in a variety of styles and price points. Besides toilets, WaterSense also certifies other washroom and bathroom products. WaterSense labels are placed on independently certified products that are processed through a scrupulous criteria test for both performance and efficiency. Only proficient water-saving toilets that pass this criterion are awarded with a WaterSense label. Therefore, installing a WaterSense labeled model assures you a high-performance and water-sustainable toilet. These toilets reduce water use by 20% – 60% which equals to almost 13,000 gallons of water every year. By doing so, you can save more than $110 every year in water costs and about $2,200 over the life span of your toilet.
So next time you’re looking for new water closet units be sure to make ‘WaterSense’ while purchasing!
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The bottom line today is that water continues to be an underappreciated and under-valued asset. Statistics show that since 1940, the world’s water use has quadrupled as the world’s population has only doubled. Simultaneously, aging water network systems waste more than 40% of water supply through leaks and cracks. What now? Our next step is to be as supportive as possible in helping the fight for water sustainability. Whether that means implementing technological progression, policy interventions or merely raising awareness, it is important recognize the significance of this movement. Join ATS in celebrating World Water Day, every day.
“Water is health, Water is nature, Water is urbanization, Water is industry, Water is energy, Water is food, and Water is equality.”
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